Why stories are repeated in the Quran

Many of the stories found in the Quran are repeated throughout the Quran. The purpose for this repetition is many-fold, including:

First, the different ways of presenting the same story demonstrates the linguistic eloquence of the Quran. Presenting similar teachings in very different ways leaves the matter fresh in the reader’s mind and he anxiously rereads the story and continues to benefit from it.

Second, repeating the same essential material in different forms is part of the miraculous nature of the Quran. It is part of the linguistic feat of the Quran that the Arabs could not match.

Third, presenting the same stories more than once demonstrates to the reader the great significance of those particular stories. The reader will take those events more seriously and ponder over them in greater detail.

Finally, by presenting such stories in various ways, Allah highlights different aspects of the same stories in order to impress upon the reader different lessons and morals that result from the same incident.

Source: How to Approach and Understand the Quran by Jamaal al-Din Zarabozo


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